Rep. John Krisel’s “Still Standing” Captures 6th National Book Award
(Cottage Grove) - October has proven to be a big month for authors John Kriesel and Jim Kosmo and their book, “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel.” Kriesel, a severely injured Iraq war veteran who was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 2010 and writer Kosmo, former Bayport mayor, spent two years writing Kriesel’s inspiring story of overcoming extreme hardship.
Kriesel met Kosmo when he spoke to a Boy Scout fundraiser in Stillwater in April 2008. Following the meeting Kosmo, a former newspaper editor, urged the wounded warrior to put his experience into writing, and he offered to help. The pair met frequently for two years before launching the print version of their book in July, 2010. They converted “Still Standing” into an eBook and released it in all eight digital formats in August 2011.
Print sales for “Still Standing” continue strong with a third printing scheduled in early 2012. Sale of eBooks has exceeded projections, particularly in Amazon Kindle sales that have frequently been in the top 5 to 10% on Amazon’s daily sales reports.
In October “Still Standing” received its sixth national book award with the Silver Award from the Military Writers Society of America. The book also has received book awards from Reader Views Literary Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards (two) and National Indie Excellence Book Awards (two).
Following extensive news media coverage in Minnesota, Kriesel and Kosmo have begun to receive national attention including several radio and television appearances and a feature article in PGA Magazine.
Currently, public presentations are focused close to home although the authors have made appearances in Nevada, California, Florida, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Their upcoming schedule includes the following appearances:
Hutchinson Rotary (JIM)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- 12-Noon
McLeod County Museum
380 School Road, Hutchinson, MN
Monday, Oct. 31-- 12 Noon
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Brooklyn Park, MN
Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corp. Annual Dinner
Thursday, Nov. 3 --6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Jimmy's Conference Center, 3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN
US Dept. of Agriculture (JIM)
Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- 11 a.m.
Minneapolis Community & Tech College
Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- 12-Noon
1501 Hennepin Ave. S.
Eagan Rotary (Jim)
Wednesday, Nov. 9 -- 12-Noon
Eagan Community Center
1401 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN
St. Ansgars Church & Other Locations TBA
Friday, Nov. 11 -- 9:30 a.m. - 12 Noon
Cannon Falls, MN
Thursday, Nov. 17 -- 12-Noon
Chanhassen Public Library
Saturday, Nov. 19 -- 1 p.m.
7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen, MN
Minnesota Auto Dealers Association
Friday, Dec. 2 -- 12-Noon
34th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Ball
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- 5 p.m.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Red Wing, MN
Minnesota Counties Association
Monday, Dec. 5 -- 10 a.m.
No. Suburban Lions Club
Tuesday, Dec. 6 -- 6 p.m.
2999 Highway 61 N, Maplewood, MN
Centennial United Methodist Men's Club (JIM)
Thursday, April 16, 2012--6:30 p.m.
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